Each feline association issues documents that express the cat’s genealogy and other information about the cat in question and its ancestors.
Currently, sphynx cats are recognized by the main feline associations, such as the CFA, TICA, WCF and FIFe.
Initially some of these feline associations did not accept the sphynx cat because of the fragility that they presented at birth, being that not all lived for a long time.
But this changed years later when it joined the Devon Rex to the Sphynx cat blood line.
Being accepted by the main feline associations, sphynx cats have become more popular and now have a greater number of people who have adopted the role of breeders of this breed.
Before explaining about the association itself, we must know the type of pedigree that these associations grant.
In this section, you can find two types:
– Traditional: The traditional pedigree shows the information about the cat and the history of its ancestors. This record varies between 3 and 6 generations.
– Blue slip: It could be like a mini record of the 1 generation cat, which only shows information about the parents of the cat.
The Cat Fanciers’ Association is an international federation whose pedigree is issued by the center in the United States. You can register the cat from any country through the web.
This pedigree is inalterable and it is not necessary to homologate it in any club since the clubs that are members of the CFA only organize exhibitions.
With cats registered in CFA, the breeder indicates whether the cat is for breeding or not for breeding (NFB).
When a litter is registered, the Blue Slip is delivered, but if a pedigree with more generations is wanted, a separate payment must be made.
The pedigree of the CFA can be requested of up to 6 generations.
Pedigree in TICA
As with the CFA, the TICA (The International Cat Association) is an international association whose pedigree is issued by the central, in addition its member clubs can’t issue pedigrees, they only organize exhibitions.
The TICA pedigree is inalterable and it will not be necessary for it to be homologated, it will only have to change its owner, in this way, the cat registration number does not change.
This pedigree has several registration codes, the first and second refers to the Stud Book.
– SB (Stud Book): Indicates that the cat does not have unknown cats or of another breed within the pedigree of three generations.
The third code can be any of the ones mentioned below:
– T (Traditional): Only cats of the same breed within the pedigree of three generations.
– V (Variant): Crosses outside the breed, but in the pedigree of three generations has crosses within the group of the Sphynx breed.
– P (Permitted): Crosses with the breeds permitted for the reproduction of the sphynx cat (in this case).
– N (Not permitted): Cross with breeds that are not within the breeds allowed for the reproduction of the sphynx cat.
– S (Species): Crosses of different species, but by definition they are not allowed.
The Federation Internationale Feline does not grant pedigree on its own -as do the associations mentioned above- but its member clubs are those who do it.
In this case, all would be FIFe pedigree, but each club has its own. These member clubs are also responsible for organizing feline exhibitions.
The FIFe pedigree shows 4 generations of ancestors and uses the EMS code to describe colors, cat patterns and breed. The code was first created for this feline association, but is also used by the WCF and other independent clubs.
When a change of owner happens, this information is shown on the back of the document or pedigree.
In addition, you can indicate if the cat is company, called PET, or breeding (Breeder).
At the time of registration, it can be LO or RIEX.
It indicates that it is purebred (Livre d’Origine), and to obtain it you should not have crosses with other breeds in the pedigree of 5 generations.
On the other hand, the RIEX, which is used in cases where the complete pedigree of the cat is not available. This happens for the 5 generations, but one of 4 generations can also be ordered.
It is also delivered in that way when the cat belongs to a cross with a breed that is not recognized by FIFe.
Pedigree in WCF
The World Cat Federation has its regulations well established regarding the characteristics that the sphynx cat should have. In Latin America is one of the main associations, also in Western Europe and some countries of the USSR.
The WCF does not emit the pedigree by itself -as it happens in the FIFe-, but the clubs that organize the feline exhibitions are those who grant it.
Same as the FIFe, it uses the EMS code. But since it accepts breeds that FIFe does not recognize, it has created other EMS codes for them.
The pedigree of the World Cat Federation shows 4 generations of ancestors and depending on the club that issues the pedigree; you can indicate the one you want: companion or breeding. However, with the pedigree PET can’t be raised in any association.
Is there a better pedigree than another?
A doubt that appears when the phrase “excellent pedigree” is read in some places, but you have to know that there is no one better than another, it only depends on the breed and breeding plan of each breeder.
Some people will think of a pedigree that is better than another, if it focuses on a particular feature, color, breed, crosses and predecessors.
Above all it happens that the pedigrees vary according to the association that grants them. It may be a great cat sphynx pedigree in the CFA, but in the WFC is not outstanding.
To consider whether the pedigree is good or bad for you, think about what you want and why, so you can select the most appropriate one.
What will not change the pedigree of the sphynx cat is the love that the cat will transmit to you and how loving it will be with you. If you are not interested in taking him to feline exhibitions, you will not need to pay for one of these pedigrees.